Take a look at this photo of a 1966 Milano Maroon Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray coupe. Notice the Rapid Blue 2020 Corvette Stingray coupe in the background in the garage.
That should give you a clue that these are not two ordinary Corvettes since the C8 isn’t even available yet to ordinary drivers.
The classic Sting Ray is indeed owned by a celebrity in the Corvette world – Kai Spande, plant manager of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Ky. One of the perks of his gig is that he gets to drive the latest and greatest Corvettes produced at his factory, like this new Rapid Blue Stingray.
Spande had to travel a little bit, however, to pick up the ’66 recently from another celebrity in the Corvette world – Corvette Mike, who’s been selling dreams like this fully restored Sting Ray for decades.
Ironically, Spande’s ’66 is making a homecoming of sorts since it was found in Kentucky in original but rough condition, necessitating a two-year, frame-off restoration about 20 years ago.
This is not your run-of-the-mill Sting Ray, though. It’s powered by an L72 427/425 hp motor hooked to a four-speed manual transmission and factory side pipes. Not to mention riding on Kelsey-Hayes knock-off wheels inside Goodyear Goldline tires.
All the hard work obviously paid off as this beauty then received the prestigious Bloomington Gold Award.
Spande is now the latest caretaker of this classic beauty that he purchased through Corvette Mike’s original location in Anaheim, Calif.
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